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Boubacar Kafando + Pyjaen + Tetes de Pois + Count Bassy

  • Hootananny Brixton 40 Effra Road London, England, SW2 1DF United Kingdom (map)

One huge night of afro and jazz at Hootananny Brixton…



Boubacar Kafondo is a virtuoso of the N'goni and the Kora, singer songwriter and composer - and leader of the great Zaama Nooma Band.

Born in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, Boubacar's family comes from the Moosi's ethnic group whose culture is based on oral traditions using folk-tales and proverbs to pass on wisdom and experience to younger generations . Boubacar is not from a griot family nonetheless at a very young age he demonstrated a definite passion for music and kept on learning secrets of traditional music while travelling across Ouaga's villages.

Passionate about traditional music, he first dedicated himself to learning how to play percussion and the art of singing, before becoming interested in the N'goni and the Kora.

Through musical and human encounters, Boubacar fuses different musical styles, encompassing rock, blues, jazz, funk, and afro-beat. And with his warm and sweet voice, he also tells stories of love and peace through committed lyrics in which Harmony and Hope are the main feelings .

In 2010 with his new group called Zaama Nooma Band, he is closer to his inspiration than ever, where he can express himself musically and lyrically with a unique sound.

 His five main musicians for this new project are carefully selected :

The rock/funk guitar of SEYDOU BARRO brings harmonies that blend with the traditional rhythm of Boubacar's Kora, taking take into a trance, while supported by the mature bassist ALAIN NYAME with his african grooves. MAHMADOU TOURE on drums and WALY LOUME on his latino congas, plus JOEL KABORE on the djembe and tama create an explosive rhythm section capable of rocking any audience.

This fusion will transport you with its uplifting melodies and intense beats into a full-blown dance festival.



Described by Jazz Wise Review as having “a groove propelled with dynamism and formidable technique”, PYJÆN seamlessly melds funk, afro-beat and contemporary sounds with nods to hip-hop and disco, whilst acknowledging the traditional era of 1920s jazz and dance music.

More than a quintet, PYJÆN is the unified expression of the emotions, journeys and influences that comprise its diverse members.  

In November 2017, we released our first live recorded EP "Prologue", which has helped to firmly cement us on the London jazz.

Fresh from selling out Jazz Cafe and Ronnie Scott's this September PYJÆN brings their music to Hootananny before heading out on the road for their UK tour.


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Têtes de Pois is a seven-piece instrumental band based in Leeds, performing exciting original music influenced by genres including cinematic and latin jazz and afrobeat. The band formed in 2016 while studying Jazz at Leeds College of Music, they are founding members of independent music collective and label Tight Lines.

Since then they have headlined the Hootananny, the Belgrave, the Wardrobe and the 100 Club, and have performed at some of the country’s most renowned festivals, including Manchester Jazz Festival, Love Supreme and World Island.

They have supported Soweto Kinch, Ezra Collective and Laura Jurd, and soon Fatima.

As well as the Love Supreme Player's award, they are a recipient of the Help Musicians UK Development Award. They have been played on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio Yorkshire and many local radio stations.

The band recently released their latest single entitled 'Cut to the Chase', which can be found on Soundcloud and Bandcamp, and is a preview of their imminent EP.

During September and October 2018 Têtes de Pois will be extensively touring the UK.


From Latin to Afro via Hip-Hop, Drum’n’Bass and beyond, Count Bassy is never short of beats to make you move your feet! Shaking dancefloors from Glastonbury to Bestival and in clubs across London and Europe, his sets are all about good vibes and big tunes, with a healthy dose of bass of course.


Before 9PM - FREE

After 9pm - £5